Corby’s delighted new carnival queen is beaming at the prospect of leading this year’s parade in the town.
But for 15-year-old Aimee Burlington, this year’s Miss Corby Old Village, has not quite sunk in yet.
Aimee and her new court were crowned in front of a packed crowd at the Grampian Club in Corby on Friday.
And she says she is still in shock at finding out she was the winner.
Accompanying her on carnival day will be the new court – Miss Hazel Leys Amanda Sinclair, 19, Rowlett Princess Danielle Gaskell, 11, Miss Gretton Zeenat Britt, 13, Miss Oakley Vale Laura Huxtable, 15, and Miss Tower Hill Rebecca Hanratty, 14.
The carnival takes place on Saturday, July 14, and the theme is Britain at its Best.
Aimee said: “I don’t think it has sunk in yet.
“I nearly broke my sister’s arm I squeezed it so hard – I was in shock.
“I was junior princess two years ago and ever since then I have wanted to be queen.
“I have got more responsibility this year as I have got to look after the little ones.
“I love going to all the carnivals, meeting all the other courts, and trying to win more trophies for Corby.”
Terri Meechan from Corby Carnival Association, said: “We had 30 contestants and more than 350 people attended on Friday night.
“It is always really emotional and sad to say goodbye to last year’s girls but it is exciting for this year’s.”
Mrs Meechan said preparations for the big day are progressing at speed.
She said: “Everything is going really well and we are starting to get a lot of bookings for lorries.
“Everyone is quite excited and keen to get involved again.”
Mrs Meechan said the success of the day is down to the spirit of Corby people.
She said: “They are willing to support their own and hopefully they will support the event.
“We need people on the streets.”
The route for the day has already been set.
The parade will assemble in Oldlands Road, Oakley Vale, at midday for judging and will move off at 1pm heading to Sower Leys Road, Gainsborough Road, Oakley Road, Elizabeth Street and then finally to West Glebe Park in Cottingham Road.